The Department of Economics is one of the eight departments of Gauhati University which was established in 1948. Initially, classes were held in the Earle Law College at Panbazar. The Department shifted to the Arts Block in Jalukbari in 1952 and subsequently shifted to the New Academic Building in January 2013. Initially teaching was started in the Department with an intake of less than 50 students in the Post Graduate classes. The intake had to be raised up to 108 in response to growing demand for post graduate education in Economics in the state and the region. However, the intake had to be pegged back at 65 in 2001 as the Department adopted the semester system for its M.A./M.Sc. programmes.

The department had enrolled 75 students during the current session following the decision by the administration to increase the number of seats. In view of the growing demand for post graduate learning in Economics, the University offers the option of MA in Economics under its distance education programme in IDOL.

Initially, The Department started functioning with only five teachers. Those included stalwarts like Dr. P.C. Thomas (Head of the Department), Professor S. Sarangapani, Shri K. Krishnamurty and Dr. V. Venkata Rao (who later joined the bifurcated Political Science Department). Professor Mehrotra of Commerce Department reinforced the department as a part time teacher. Subsequently, Dr. U.N. Bordoloi, Shri Dhirendra Nath Sarma, Shri Jyotish Gogoi, Dr. K. Alam, Dr. Atul Goswami, Dr. B. P. Misra etc joined the Department. Right from the beginning the teachers of the Department were associated with various assignments. Professor P.C. Thomas served as educational advisor of UNESCO in Nepal for a year, as did Professor Sarangapani who went abroad on an UN assignment for a year. Teachers of the Department have also extended their services to the Government in various capacities in the State Planning Board, State Finance Commissions, State Level Advisory Committee of 20-Point Programme, High Level Committee for Farming, Formulation of Long Term Plan for Assam's Economic Development, Committee to Enquire Into The Economic Significance of The First Brahmaputra Bridge, different Pay Commissions, Gauhati Municipal Corporation, State Level Advisory Committee on Small Savings, Power Boards etc. The Department was also involved in the preparation of the Assam Human Development Report, 2003. In recent years the department had conducted studies for the Thirteenth Finance Commission and Fourteenth Finance Commission and also for the Planning Commission.

Assam Economic Review

Assam Economic Review published annually in January/February by the Department of Economics, Gauhati University (ISSN 2319-6254). The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas and findings of research on any branch of economics. Papers dealing with (i) latest advances in research and methods of analysis and/or (ii) analysing primary data to substantiate/debate existing theories and policies in the context of Economy of Northeast India and/or (iii) attempting to test new hypothesis to illustrate actual economic phenomenon in an operational economy will be given preference.

Guidelines for submission of papers

Contributors are required to send their papers in both soft and hard copies to the editor. The soft copy should be sent as email attachment to with a copy to or or The hard copy should be addressed to Editor, Assam Economic Review, Department of Economics, New Academic Building, Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014. Further, a processing fee of Rs 500/- in the form of demand draft in favour of Assam Economic Association, GU payable at Guwahati is to be sent along with the hard copy of the paper. After receiving the processing fee, the paper will be sent for review by a reviewer selected by the editorial board. The comment(s) from the reviewer will be communicated to the author. The editorial board-s decision to accept or not to accept the paper for publication will be made taking into account the reviewer-s comments.

Structure of paper

The length of the paper should be within 3000 to 5000 words. The text of the paper should be typed using MS-WORD in Ariel font of size 12 with line spacing of 1.5. Tables, endnotes, references etc. can be typed in single space using font size not less than 10. The paper should have a cover page giving title of the paper; author-s name, affiliation, complete address with email and phone numbers; an abstract within 300 words and keywords (not exceeding five and excluding words appearing in the title). If the paper is co-authored, it should be clearly stated with which author correspondence is to be made. The full paper will begin from the next page in which only the title, but no other information given in the cover page, should be repeated. A paper is expected to have an introductory section outlining the context and the background of the work, specifying the objectives and the hypotheses/research questions (if any) and stating the structure of the paper. This should be followed by the main body of the paper (methodology, results and discussion). The concluding section should summarise the broad findings and inferences of the work and extract policy implications. Tables/graphs/figures should be sequentially numbered and appropriately titled. In citing and listing of references, the styles followed in the Economic and Political Weekly (available at should be adopted. Notes should be in the form of sequentially numbered endnotes rather than footnotes. The endnotes should be placed after the concluding section of the text but before the list of references.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MA in Economics Economics 4 2 75

The department offers a two year Post Graduate Degree Programme in Economics. In 2009 the programme has shifted to and now is offered under the Choice Based Credit and Grading System.

Course Structure: A student shall do a total number of twenty papers, 16 core and four elective, in the four semesters. Each paper will carry 80 marks- 16 marks for internal evaluation during the semester and 64 marks for external evaluation through the end-semester examination. All the papers in the First and Second Semesters will be compulsory or core papers. The third and Fourth semesters will have both core and elective papers. A few papers will be open to students of other disciplines also.

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MBE in Economics Economics 4 2 30

The MBE Programme is an inter-disciplinary course of Economics, Finance and Management which is designed to develop a deep analytical insight among the students while empowering them to participate in decision making process. It is intended to enhance the capacity to develop solution techniques for application in real life management problems. Designed as a contemporary professional course, the MBE graduates are expected to generate interest among recruiters across the entire gamut of Management, Finance and Economics. The MBE Programme is jointly offered by the Department of Economics and the Department of Business Administration under the Faculty of Management.

Eligibility for admission: A Bachelor Degree with a minimum of 50 percent marks in aggregate or in major from any recognized university. Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of their overall performance in the written test, group discussion and personal interview.

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate MPhil & PhD, Economics 4 1+ M Phil Programme: 15 PhD programme: 20

The Department of Economics offers a one year MPhil programme in economics. Besides it also has a PhD programme in economics which can be pursued both on and off campus. Admissions to both the programmes are administered on the basis of separate and independent written test. The scholars admitted to the two programmes are mandatorily required to attend the Inception Workshop and later the Course Work Programme.

The Course Work broadly updates and empowers the scholars on Topics from Microeconomic Theory Topics from Macro and Development Economics Research Tools Preparation of Term paper and Dissertation


Archana Sharma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Monetary Economics, Macro Economics, Development Economics, Environmental Economics
Madhurjya Prasad Bezbaruah [ Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and Director, GUINEIS ]
MA (Delhi) PhD (Gauhati) Microeconomics, Econometrics, Environmental Economics, Agricultural Economics
Nissar A Barua
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Public Finance, Development Economics, Financial Economics
Runumi Dowerah Baruah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Demography, Statistical Method for Economic Analysis
Sakiya Khan [ Head of the Department ]
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) International Economics

Associate Professors

Gayatri Goswami
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Mathematical Economics, Operation Research

Assistant Professors

Amiya Sarma
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) International Economics, Econometrics
Anshuman Barua
MA (Gauhati) MPhil (JNU) Development Economics, Financial Economics, Demography
Bandana Chowdhury
MSc (Gauhati),MA (IGNOU) Public Administration, MPhil (Gauhati) Public Finance, Statistical Methods
Nivedita Goswami
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) MPhil (IGIDR) Public Finance
Ratul Mahanta
MA (Gauhati) PhD (IITG) Mathematical Economics, Environmental Economics

Associated Faculty

Kandarpa Kumar Barman (Retired Professor)
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Macroeconomics, Rural Development, Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
Khorshed Alam (Retired Professor)
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati)
Abdur Rashid Ahmed (Development Economics) ICSSR Fellow
Abu Jafor (Dairy Farming)
Ajijur Rehman (Rural Development)
Angana Baruah (Social Security in Assam) UGC Teacher Fellow
Anjali Devi (Rural-Urban Entrepreneurships )
Ankita Borbora (Women Empowerment)
Arati Bharali (Financial Allocation in Education)
Asfika Begum (Environmental Economics)
Babyshree Deka (Not Yet Finalized )
Baitul Rehman (Human development)
Barnali Sarma (Women's Magazine)
Bhanushree Baishya (Demography)
Bijoy Nath (Saving Behaviour)
Bipanchi Dutta (Child Labour)
Bipul Kumar Das (International Trade) UGC Fellow
Biswajit Bhuyan (Livestock Sector in Assam)
Chandana Devi (Health Care Services)
Daisy Konwar (Environmental Economics)
Deeapk Kalita (Demography) UGC Teacher Fellow
Dilip Saikia (Trade Openness )
Diluwar Hoque (Char Areas )
Dimpal Dekaraja (Environmental Economics)
Dipakshi Das (Livelihood Generation among Differently Abled People )
Dipali Baishya (Floriculture)
Dipanjali Haloi (Demography) UGC Teacher Fellow
Dipti Baishya (Micro Finance)
Gitanjali Goswami (Rural Entrepreneurship)
Hari Chandra Morang (Riverin Tribal Population )
Indranee Kalita (Development Economics)
Jayanta Saud (Agriculture)
Jonali Nath (Maternal Health Care Service)
Jugal Kishore Bhattacharya (Mobile Theatre)
Jutika Medhi (International Trade)
Jyotisikha Dutta (Environmental Economics)
Kakoli Baruah (Brick Kiln Industries)
Kartik Rajbangshi (Health Insurance Schemes)
Kasturi Goswami (Consumer Behaviour) UGC Fellow
Mandakini Das (Small Enterprise)
Nabanita Baishya (Agricultural Mechanisation)
Namita Das (Employment Generation ) UGC Teacher Fellow
Nandita Goswami (Feminization of Agriculture ) UGC Teacher Fellow
Nihar Ranjan Kalita (Silk Export) UGC Teacher Fellow
Nijan Pegu (Agriculture)
Nurzamal Haque (Household Expenditure in Education)
Pabitra Das (Not yet finalized.)
Pallabi Das (Female Migration)
Parijat Dhar (Financial Inclusion)
Prasenjit Bujarbarua (Urban Unorganized Enterprises)
Pretty Devi (Integrated Farming)
Priyanka Dutta (Financial Inclusion)
Priyanka Hazarika (Health Care Services)
Raisa Mehbooba (Crop Diversification)
Ranjan Jyoti Bezbarua (Agriculture)
Reema Rabha (Financial Inclusion)
Rimee Bhuyan (Health Expenditure, Comment:"
Rupon Basumatary (Flood and Socio-economic Livelihood )
Sabina Yasmin (Crop Insurance) UGC Fellow
Samad Ali (Agriculture)
Sampurna Bhuyan (Demography)
Sangeeta Borthakur (Labour Economics)
Sanjay Kr Saikia (Socio-Economic Consequences of Floods)
Sanjay Pathari (Marginalisation of Women)
Sanjoy Saha (Agricultural Wages)
Shrutidhara Kashyap (Environmental Economics)
Sibani Deka (Crop Diversification)
Smita Lahkar (Development Economics)
Sujata Choudhury (Demography)
Tinku moni Borah (Post-Harvest Management) ICSSR Fellow
Tulika Devi (Service Sector)
Nayanmoni Das, (Computer Typist)
Srikanta Das, (Peon )
Tapas Das, (Lab Assistant (MBE))


Department of Economics
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
Phone : (+91) 9864506402
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Completed Projects

Title Sponsoring Agency Researcher/Investigator
Carrying Capacity Study for Numaligargh Refinery Limited Numaligarh Refinery Ltd M. P. Bezbaruah
Climate change, agriculture and adaptation Measures: A Case Study of Assam ICSSR, NERC Ratul Mahanta
Climate change, agriculture and adaptation practices: A Case study of Assam ICSSR Ratul Mahanta
Conflict and Development in the Context of Human Security: An Exploratory Investigation in Northeast India Asian Dialogue Society M P Bezbaruah
Demographic and Socio-Economic Component of the Oil India Limited Indian Oil Corporation M P Bezbaruah and Nissar A Barua
Environmental Impact Assessment of Proposed Seismic Survey of Brahmaputra River Basin Oil India Limited M P Bezbaruah
Title: Evaluation of State Finances with respect to the state of Assam Sponsoring Agency: 14th Finance Commission, Government of India Researcher/Investigator: Nissar A Barua and Nivedita Goswami
Flow of Development Funds in the Northeast Region: Its Utilization and Impact Planning Commission M P Bezbaruah and Ratul Mahanta
Forest Resource Use and Biodiversity Conservation: A Case study of Assam UGC Ratul Mahanta
Livelihood Promotion of Forest Dwellers in Upland Areas of Northeast India Livelihood School-BASIX, Hyderabad M P Bezbaruah
Manpower Planning: A Projection of Demand and Supply of Manpower in Assam by 2000 AD UGC Nissar A Barua
Perspective Plan for Economic Development of Assam up to 2000 AD Government of Assam M P Bezbaruah
Pre-Drill EIA Study and EMP in Twelve Areas Oil India Limited M P Bezbaruah
Preparation of a Rural Development Plan for Assam UNICEF and NEDFI M P Bezbaruah
Preparation of Arunachal Pradesh State Development Report Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council M P Bezbaruah
Preparation of the Human Development Report for Assam The Planning Commission and the UNDP M P Bezbaruah
Pre-Seismic Rapid EIA Studies in the Pre-NELP Block AA-ONJ/2 Oil & Natural Gas Commission M P Bezbaruah
Problems and Prospects of Indo-Myanmar Cross Border Trade and its Socio-economic Consequences for the North-East Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi M P Bezbaruah
Problems of Border Area of Northeast India: Implications for the 13th Finance Commission 13th Finance Commission M P Bezbaruah and Nissar A Barua
Rapid EIA of Guwahati Refinery in 10 km Radius Indian Oil Corporation M P Bezbaruah
Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment for Seismic Survey at Salmari, North Duarmara and Bhadoi East-Hapjan Oil India Limited M P Bezbaruah
Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment for Seismic Survey in Mizoram & Dibrugarh, and Oil exploration in Jonai Oil India Limited M P Bezbaruah
Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment of the Motor Spirit Quality Improvement Project of Guwahati Refinery Indian Oil Corporation M P Bezbaruah
Returns to Higher Education: A Case Study of Assam ICSSR Nissar A Barua
Technological Transformation of Agriculture: a study in Assam University Grants Commission (UGC) M P Bezbaruah
Towards a Strategy for Economic Development of Karbi Anglong Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council M P Bezbaruah

Ongoing Projects

Title Sponsoring Agency Researcher/Investigator
Effectiveness of Training Programmes on Entrepreneurship Development in Assam ICSSR, New Delhi Nivdita Goswami
Why is Assam Left Behind in India's Economic Boom? A Behavioural Perspective on the Effect of Conflict International Growth Centre (London School of Economics and Political Science) Ratul Mahanta

Alumni Meet of the Department of Economics, Gauhati University

The Alumni Association of the Department of Economics, Gauhati University had its first meet on the 30th September, 2016 with a day long programme.

In the first half of the programme, a workshop on ‘Writing A Research Paper’ was held. In the workshop, Dr. M.P. Bezbaruah , senior Professor and former Head of the Department, delivered a lecture on the topic. The workshop participants were the fresh alumni and research scholars of the department. The workshop ended after an open discussion where other faculty members of the department also took part.

The second half of the programme started with a formal meeting with the alumni present. The alumni represented different batches of Post Graduates of this department since the early seventies. A new Executive Body was formed with Prof. Nissar A Barua, Head of the Department of Economics, GU as the ex-officio President, Prof. Archana Sharma as the Secretary, Sri Haramohan Barman, former Principal Secretary (Income Tax) and Sri Jagdish Goswami former Professor and Head, Department of Economics, B.Borooah College, Guwahati as Vice Presidents. Among others the Executive Body included Dr. Dipti Khound, former Professor and Head, Department of Economics, Arya Vidyapeeth College, Dr. Sanjoy Talukdar, former Principal, Barbhag College.

After the meeting, there was a cultural function conducted by ‘Manthan’ a Performing Art and Literary Club of the students of the Department of Economics, Gauhati University.

The alumni expressed their happiness for getting the opportunity of coming back to their alma mater and made some valuable suggestions regarding the future course of action of the Alumni Association. Preparation of a directory of the Alumni has been given priority.

The Department of Economics, Gauhati University was established in 1948 as one of the founding departments of the University. As such , it was felt that the preparation of a Directory will be a gargantuan task without the help and cooperation of the alumni themselves. The Alumni Association therefore, requested all alumni of the department to contact them at the email id or in the face book group ‘Alumni GU Eco’. The alumni were also informed about the forthcoming events of the department, viz., the 18th Conference of the North Eastern Economic Association to be held in December 2016 and the Annual Ecofest where the support of the alumni is highly solicited.


Assam Economic Review

Assam Economic Review is a peer review journal of Assam Economic Association, published by Department of Economics, Gauhati University.

For details, please visit the webpage of Assam Economic Review (AER)

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